Tag Archives: Peonies

Primetime for Peonies

26 May
Garden Parfait

Garden Parfait

Foxtrot

Foxtrot

Virginia Dare

Virginia Dare

Sword Dance

Sword Dance

Karl Rosenfield

Karl Rosenfield

These hardy perennials have gloriously bloomed in May the past twelve years.  The foliage stays attractive through the summer.

Alas, these iris are past their prime.  They had me in suspense for a year after I moved them from Nina Bay Farm.  I did not know what colors I chosen.

Iris added to three beds in the "South Lawn"

Iris added to three beds in the “South Lawn”

Five Fabulous Flowers

27 May
Virginia Dare

Virginia Dare

It is Memorial Day and prime time for glorious peony blooms.  From the editorial of the Des Moines Register (link below), the tradition of placing home-grown peonies on graves goes back to the Civil War and Decoration Day.

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Karl Rosenfield

The Karl Rosenfield variety is classic with large heavy blooms which are unfortunately doubled over after a heavy rain.  The blooms of Virginia Dare and Sword Dance are much lighter and put on a fabulous show.

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Garden Parfait

Many homeowners will mow the foliage back.  Peonies and their foliage is a great addition to perennial flower beds because it holds its own during the summer months.

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Foxtrot

These beautiful varieties were photographed today.

Sword Dance

Sword Dance

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130527/OPINION03/305270036/?odyssey=nav%7Chead